Lunch on April 17

Kihss Award to Rich Lamb of WCBS Radio,
New York’s ‘Dean of Broadcast Reporters’

Rich Lamb

THE PETER KIHSS AWARD, given to the reporter who best exemplifies the spirit of the late New York Times legend, will be presented this year to a man who has been covering breaking news all over New York City and beyond for more than 40 years. He is Rich Lamb of WCBS Newsradio 880 and he will be honored at our next lunch, April 17 at the National Arts Club.

The event is special in two ways. Traditionally presented as part of our annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Dinner, where it shared the evening with many other honorees, the Kihss Award this year will deservedly be bathed in its own spotlight. And so will the Rich Lamb, a fellow generally referred to by his peers as “the dean of broadcast reporters.”

In addition to reflecting the qualities that made Kihss such a meticulous reporter, Lamb also has proven himself as a gracious and trusted colleague who has been a generous mentor to young journalists. His voice has carried the news of just about every key event to have taken place in New York during the last four decades, everything from bombings and blackouts to plane crashes and parades. A native of Hartford, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Detroit, Lamb launched his career in 1970 as a broadcaster on several Michigan radio stations. He joined WCBS in 1978 and the first story he covered was a meeting of the Polar Bear Club in the icy February waters off Coney Island. Other, more significant, assignments followed, including a trip to Saudi Arabia in 1990 to witness the buildup to the Gulf War. He’s also reported from Nicaragua, Cuba and Rome, where he covered the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005. One of his greatest thrills, he has said, was flying on the Pope’s plane during John Paul’s visit to the U.S. 10 years earlier.

Lamb been honored by, among others, his colleagues at the Overseas Press Club, The Associated Press, UPI and the New York Press Club. Now it’s our turn.

The date:   April 17, 2019
The time:   Noon
The place: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

To attend, reservations are necessary. We are using Eventbrite to handle our luncheon reservations. There is no extra charge for this unless you choose to pay in advance for your ticket with a credit card. All you need to do is click the link and follow the directions:

You may also reserve by calling the Silurians’ reservation line at 212-532-0887. Please spell your name clearly and include a contact number or email address. Lunch prices are $55 for members, $65 for guests, payable at the door by credit card, check or cash (exact change, please). And you’re bringing a guest, make sure to tell us your guest’s name.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Because we must give the National Arts Club a final attendance tally two days before the luncheon, we cannot accept cancellations after noon on Monday, April 15. If you fail to cancel your reservation by then and turn out to be a no-show, you will nevertheless be billed for the lunch because the NAC will bill us for it. So please make your reservation, assure yourself a seat and join us for what promises to be an extra-special event.

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